WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY
On October 12th of each year, World Arthritis Day spreads awareness about the most prevalent disease in the world. This awareness day highlights the need for early diagnosis and treatment.
More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States have arthritis. By the year 2040, an estimated 78 million people in the U.S. will have arthritis. About 120 million people in the European Union live with arthritis. A total of 350 million people throughout the world have the disease. Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses each year. The disease also results in one million hospitalizations a year.
Arthritis is commonly known as joint inflammation. There are over 100 types of arthritis. The two most common types include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While there is no cure for this disease, treatments are available. Doctors prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, and injections called corticosteroids to treat arthritis. Physical therapy and chiropractic care can also help reduce pain and inflammation. For some, surgery, such as joint replacement or joint fusion, is the only option.
Many people with arthritis also have other conditions. These conditions include heart disease and diabetes. Some people are more prone to others than having arthritis. Common risk factors include family history, age, being overweight, and previous joint injury.
Severe arthritis is debilitating as it becomes difficult to do daily tasks and enjoy activities. In some cases, the joints become twisted and deformed.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldArthritisDay
Health organizations around the world hold special events for World Arthritis Day. They spread awareness through educational seminars and encourage individuals to get screened for arthritis. The day also focuses on finding a cure. The Arthritis National Research Foundation encourages people to become a part of their Cure Arthritis Community. Each year, the foundation also creates a limited-edition World Arthritis Day t-shirt.
To participate in World Arthritis Day, sign the foundation’s pledge to raise arthritis awareness or make a donation. Educate yourself on the many types of arthritis. Chances are, you know someone with arthritis. Today is a great day to check on them and ask if they need help. To help spread awareness, share this day on social media with #WorldArthritisDay
WORLD ARTHRITIS DAY HISTORY
In 1996, Arthritis and Rheumatism International established World Arthritis Day. The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) promotes the day. Through the years, many other organizations around the world have united to spread awareness for arthritis and other rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
These organizations include the Arthritis National Research Foundation, the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM), the Arthritis Foundation, and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA).